From the functional cotton aprons of our great-grandmothers to the embroidered, beribboned and decorative accessories of the 1970s housewife, aprons trace the changing history of the role of women as they run the household.

The garment’s fashionable and utilitarian histories are chronicled in a new exhibit at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum.

Fit to be Tied, as the exhibit is known, will take place Tuesday through Saturdays until Dec. 10 at the museum located at 14732 Woodbine Ave.

The apron was traditionally viewed as an essential garment for anyone doing housework. Cheaper clothes and washing machines made aprons less common beginning in the mid-1960s in some countries such as the United States. However, the practice of wearing aprons remains strong in many places.

Today, the apron has enjoyed a minor renaissance in terms of both women and men now wearing one when performing household chores.

The history of the apron is a long story and those interested should not miss this event.

More information about the event can be found on the museum website at wsmuseum@townofws.ca.

 

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